Mafia 3 is easily one of the worst kept secrets in gaming. Rumours about the title have been running around since March 2014, when the series’ publisher 2K released a casting call for three men to do mo-cap and voice work. Then, in January 2015, Rick Pasqualone (the voice of Vita Scaletta, the lead of Mafia 2) tweeted that there would be more Mafia news ‘very soon’.
Fast forward a little bit and 2K has finally revealed all at Gamescom 2015. Mafia 3 sounds like it could be a lot grittier than its predecessors and it will certainly be more violent. Find out more about the game after the break.
Mafia 3 Announced, First Details
Mafia 3 is set in 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Its protagonist is one Lincoln Clay, a mixed race (black, white) veteran of the Vietnam War. Lincoln is an orphan and he only ended up in the army after he didn’t fit in with gangs or the church. When he leaves the army, he comes back and joins the the black mob, with whom he gets along brilliantly. Bad times all round then when the Italian mafia muscles in and kills Lincoln’s black mob-mates, causing our protagonist to seek revenge.
To do this, Lincoln will both run his own crew and ally with others. In the trailer we see a few other characters (Burke, Cassandra and Vito, who is on the far right in the trailer), as Lincoln can team up with these other gang leaders to help take the Italian mob down. Or he can piss off these tentative friends and feel their wrath.
Not that Clay can’t hold his own, though. While it wasn’t shown in that Mafia 3 announcement trailer, according to previews, our leading man (who is described as an ‘anti-hero’ by the game’s developer Hangar 13) can take out enemies with violent take downs or he can use revolvers and the like to blast bullet holes into them. Enemy gang members can even be captured and interrogated before you kill them or let them go. Apparently the city will reflect your decisions so be cruel (or show mercy) accordingly.
And, as Lincoln is a mixed race veteran during a time when a) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had just been assassinated b) the United States of America was completely unashamed about its racism and prejudices and c) the country was beginning to rally against the war rather than support it, Mafia 3‘s developer wants to address societal issues too.
It’s currently unclear how these issues will be addressed or how heavy handed they’ll be, but those previews do note that at one point you hear racial epithets being spoken casually over the radio and during another you see a white cop accosting a black man seemingly for no reason. Let’s hope they handle this one with care.
Mafia 3 will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016.